About This Event
The BBC Philharmonic’s first concert of 2019 lifts the January gloom with music from Eric Coates – renowned for his light, orchestral compositions.
For five decades Eric Coates's music seemed to pervade the national consciousness, stirring the war effort and defining some of the nation's best loved radio and television programmes.
This afternoon includes Coates’s Dancing Nights, written for Eastbourne’s 1931 music festival – it’s a delightfully carefree piece that seems to sing of the seaside. We also hear Coates’s popular London Suite – completed in 1933 when the composer was 47. Its three movements take us on a musical journey through Covent Garden, Westminster and Knightsbridge.
This afternoon’s live broadcast also includes Coates’s The Merrymakers Overture, Ballad for strings, The Jester at the Wedding: Suite and a Symphonic Rhapsody.